Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 24, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 201 pages
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In this book, major American philosopher Richard Rorty argues that thinkers such as Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein have enabled societies to see themselves as historical contingencies, rather than as expressions of underlying, ahistorical human nature, or as realizations of suprahistorical goals. This ironic perspective on the human condition is valuable but it cannot advance Liberalism's social and political goals. In fact, Rorty believes that it is literature and not philosophy that can do this, by promoting a genuine sense of human solidarity. Specifically, it is novelists such as Orwell and Nabokov who succeed in awakening us to the cruelty of particular social practices and individual attitudes. Thus, a truly liberal culture would fuse the private, individual freedom of the ironic, philosophical perspective with the public project of human solidarity as it is engendered through the insights and sensibilities of great writers. Rorty uses a wide range of references--from philosophy to social theory to literary criticism--to elucidate his beliefs.

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I know that Richard Rorty is a potentially polarizing figure, but I love this book and have found it very useful. I especially have benefited (in my own teaching and research) from his discussion ... Read full review

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User Review  - Godka - Goodreads It was one hell of a tough read. I feel about 10 years older. I didn't understand most of it - but that's my fault and I feel ashamed and bad about it - but I suppose this book is ... Read full review

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Richard Rorty (1931 2007) was Professor of Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Stanford University.

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